The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine is seeking a Research Assistant for ‘Cartographies of Cancer’ – a British Academy-funded research project focused on the epidemiological maps of health and disease in Africa which have proliferated of late. Specifically, drawing on insights from science and technology studies, the project examines the socio-technical infrastructures and political rationales that underpin these maps as well as the understandings of disease and Africa that these maps bring into being. The post holder will help the principal investigator to carry out the archival and ethnographic research for this project. In particular, the post-holder will do some archival work in a few sites across London and carry out a one-month ethnographic study of the Kenyan National Cancer Registry in Nairobi. The post holder will also help with the data analysis as well as the writing up and publication of results.
The appointed person will have an undergraduate and a Masters degree in the social sciences or humanities. The post would especially suit someone currently doing (or planning to do) a PhD in the social sciences or humanities. The appointed person will have a knowledge of qualitative social science research methods and some experience of doing research on health and/or development. Archival and/or ethnographic research skills as well as experience of working in Africa would be an advantage. A prior knowledge of and interest in the anthropology/geography of global health, science and technology studies and/or international development would be welcome but not required. The appointed person will also have excellent organisational skills, a strong ability to communicate and the aptitude to think critically.
Salary: £32,738 per annum, inclusive of London Weighting Allowance | Fixed term contract for 8 months (full-time) or 16 months (part-time) | Start date: 1 January 2020 or thereafter.
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